We are excited to announce that Ruth Bradley, Mary Magsman and Jay Rosenblatt will be joining us for the 55th AAFF as our distinguished jurors! They will be at the Festival all week watching films and will award over $20,000 in cash and in kind prizes to the filmmakers.

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Ruth Bradley was the director of Ohio University’s Athens Center for Film and Video, executive director of the Athena Cinema, and served as director for Athens International Film and Video Festival for 28 years. Ruth was the director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival from 1982 to 1988.

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Mary Magsman has been the curator of the Aurora Picture Show, a recognized center for film and video art in Houston, Texas for the past eight years. Mary focuses on the points where art, film and community unite through collaboration and experimentation. She has curated over 200 programs including film screenings, live cinema performances and installations.

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Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980. Jay has been a recipient of Guggenheim, USA Artists, and Rockefeller fellowships. Originally from New York, Jay has lived in San Francisco for many years. He is currently the program director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.